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The annual Benson history trip coincides with the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Visible are participants in this year's trip Nicole Ascheman, from left, Adam Hoffman, Grace Ricard, Hannah Hanson, Sydney Laumeyer, Katie Samuelson, Hannah Young and Trey Abeyta. (Submitted photo)

Benson, Minn., teacher not afraid of a few extra miles for additional history lessons

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BENSON -- Some of the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom, and in this case, the farther away the better.

Since 1994, Benson instructor Barb Schwarz has been leading her seventh-grade, American history students on an annual trip to Washington, D.C.

"It is kind of a rite of passage almost in Benson," said Superintendent of Schools Lee Westrum. He joined one of the trips years ago as a social studies instructor, and returned as enthusiastic as the students.

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